• NOAA Supercomputer Room
  • NOAA Supercomputer Room
  • NOAA Supercomputer Room
  • NOAA Supercomputer Room
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Boulder, Colorado

    This new 2,200 SF computer room at NOAA’s David Skaggs Research Center is built to handle the rigorous environ­mental and electrical demands of a new NOAA weather research supercomputer. The room’s specialized air conditioning system, which is configured for N+1 redundancy, cools 350 watts/sf in the high-density areas. Seventy percent of the cooling is distributed through raised-floor space with the remainder distributed by overhead cooling modules. A 500 kVa UPS accommodates the extreme densities required for initial loads and future upgrades of computer rack equipment. Since the existing standby generator is at capacity, a dedicated 400 kVa UPS allows the air conditioning units to continue operating through a manual shutdown should power fail. The fire protection system includes clean-agent suppression and wet sprinkler sys­tems and an ultra-sensi­tive detector that samples air from many points in the room.
 

NOAA Supercomputer Room

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Boulder, Colorado

This new 2,200 SF computer room at NOAA’s David Skaggs Research Center is built to handle the rigorous environ­mental and electrical demands of a new NOAA weather research supercomputer. The room’s specialized air conditioning system, which is configured for N+1 redundancy, cools 350 watts/sf in the high-density areas. Seventy percent of the cooling is distributed through raised-floor space with the remainder distributed by overhead cooling modules. A 500 kVa UPS accommodates the extreme densities required for initial loads and future upgrades of computer rack equipment. Since the existing standby generator is at capacity, a dedicated 400 kVa UPS allows the air conditioning units to continue operating through a manual shutdown should power fail. The fire protection system includes clean-agent suppression and wet sprinkler sys­tems and an ultra-sensi­tive detector that samples air from many points in the room.

Awards

Colorado Construction, Silver Hard Hat Award, Outstanding Mechanical/Electrical Project, 2007